WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that 69 of its attorneys have been selected for the Best Lawyers in America list for 2019.

2019 Lawyers of the Year: In addition, 11 Gunster attorneys in 12 different practice areas and four different geographic regions within Florida have been named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers.



This sublist is exclusive: only one lawyer in a particular practice area and geographic region is selected each year.

2019 Best Lawyers in America:

The following attorneys are included on the 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ list:

Administrative/Regulatory LawLegal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Lila A. JaberDavid M. Wells
Beth Keating
George S. LeMieuxLitigation – Antitrust
Gregory M. MunsonDavid M. Wells
Appellate PracticeLitigation – Banking and Finance
Angel A. CortinasLinda A. Conahan
Thomas R. JulinWilliam K. Hill
David M. Wells
Banking and Finance Law
Michael V. MitrioneLitigation – Construction
David M. WellsDavid M. Wells
Bet-the-Company LitigationLitigation – Environmental
David M. WellsRick J. Burgess
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)Litigation – First Amendment
Michael R. FreedThomas R. Julin
Michael V. Mitrione
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses LawDavid R. Atkinson Jr.
Michael V. MitrioneStephen C. Page
Commercial LitigationLitigation – Labor and Employment
William E. Adams, Jr. *Jason M. Murray
David R. Atkinson, Jr.Joseph G. Santoro
Nicole K. Atkinson
Linda A. ConahanLitigation – Land Use and Zoning
Angel A. CortiñasJohn W. Little III
Michael R. FreedBrian M. Seymour
William K. Hill
Aaron Jay Horowitz *Litigation – Patent
Thomas R. JulinDavid R. Atkinson Jr.
George S. LeMieux
John W. Little IIILitigation – Real Estate
Edward A. MarodDavid R. Atkinson Jr.
Raymond V. MillerNicole K. Atkinson
Jason M. Murray *Linda A. Conahan
Stephen C. PageStephen C. Page
Joseph L. RaiaAllison E. Turnbull
Joseph G. SantoroDavid M. Wells
Gregor J. Schwinghammer, Jr.
Brian M. SeymourLitigation – Securities
David M. WellsDavid M. Wells
Construction LawLitigation – Trust and Estates
Lewis F. CrippenNicole K. Atkinson
David M. WellsDebra L. Boje
John P. Cole
Corporate Governance LawWilliam T. Hennessey
Gregory K. BaderThomas M. Karr
Steven A. Lessne
Corporate LawStephen C. Page
David G. BatesLisa A. Schneider
Thomas A. HickeyMichael D. Simon
Jeffery Q. Jonasen *
Michael V. MitrioneLitigation and Controversy – Tax
Mahesh H. NanwaniAlan S. Lederman
Mark J. ScheerAdi Rappoport
Robert C. White, Jr.
Media Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation LawThomas R. Julin
Amy Brigham Boulris
John W. Little IIIMergers and Acquisitions Law
Juan M. MunizDavid G. Bates
Brian M. SeymourMichael V. Mitrione
Employee Benefits (ERISA) LawProfessional Malpractice Law – Defendants
James B. DavisDavid M. Wells
Employment Law – IndividualsReal Estate Law
Michael R. FreedLewis F. Crippen
Heidi Davis Knapik
Employment Law – ManagementDanielle DeVito-Hurley
Arturo RossPaul K. Hines
Daniel M. Mackler
Energy LawFrank E. Miller
Charles A. GuytonM. Lynn Pappas
Beth KeatingH. William Perry
James B. Soble
Environmental LawAllison E. Turnbull
Rick J. Burgess
Terry ColeSecurities / Capital Markets Law
Gregory M. MunsonMahesh H. Nanwani
M. Lynn Pappas
Luna E. PhillipsTax Law
James B. Davis
First Amendment LawMary E. Karr
Thomas R. JulinAlan S. Lederman
Martin R. Press
Franchise LawAdi Rappoport
Jason M. MurrayMark J. Scheer
Lisa A. Schneider
Government Relations Practice
Derek E. BruceTechnology Law
Simon FerroDavid G. Bates
Gregory M. MunsonRobert C. White Jr.
Allison E. Turnbull
J. Larry WilliamsTrusts and Estates
Debra L. Boje
Health Care LawElaine M. Bucher
Bruce D. LambJames B. Davis
Mark J. RagusaDaniel A. Hanley
William T. Hennessey
Immigration LawLisa A. Schneider
Sarah Lea Tobocman
Utilities Law
Labor Law – ManagementLila A. Jaber
Arturo Ross
Water Law
Land Use and Zoning LawGregory M. Munson
Heidi Davis Knapik
Simon Ferro
John W. Little III
M. Lynn Pappas
Allison E. Turnbull

*new to list in 2019

Best Lawyers’ annual list is compiled as a result of peer-review surveys and is published in almost 70 countries around the world. Inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers was based on millions of evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report to rank law firms in the United States for its annual Best Law Firms list, on which Gunster has consistently ranked well across many practice areas over the years. Best Law Firms’ first edition was published in 2010.

About Gunster

Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 12 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With nearly 200 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at

Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications


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